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September 08, 2017

Delhi HC Directs Private Schools To Refund 75% Excess Fee


On September 6, a Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Najmi Waziri of the Delhi High Court directed several private schools to refund 75% of the excess fee they had charged from parents of students.

Earlier, the Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee, constituted after the HC’s order of August 12, 2011 had, in its 10 interim reports, recommended refund of excess fee with 9% interest.

Many private schools recently moved the court challenging the recommendations. While hearing their pleas, the bench noted that even after six years, the schools did not comply with the recommendations. It then directed the schools to deposit 75% of the excess fee in the form of cash, fixed deposit receipts or bank guarantees in favour of the Registrar General.

The bench said that it had provided adequate time to the schools to comply with the court order, adding that though there could be variations in the amount calculated by the committee, the “whole process” could not be stopped.

“We cannot pass a blanket order that don’t recover the money. You deposit the money and we are inclined to give an expeditious hearing. The matter has been posted for further hearing,” it said.

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